Sailplane Construction Project Session #76
The new package of the 3-yards of yellow silk is
a lot of silk as the picture below shows. It has to be cut down into useable
pieces and here I am preparing to cut off a 38" length of yellow silk for
covering the stab and elevators.
In this picture I was checking the 12" width with
the stab itself before I cut the 38" long piece. As you can see, I have left
a 1" margin all around the out side.
I finally finished cutting out all of the yellow
silk pieces to cover the stab and elevator with. Just getting the silk all
cut up into pieces is a job in and of itself. As you can see below, all of
the silk pieces were in fact cut to the right size.
At this point, I will put the yellow silk away
and not cut the rest of the wing pieces until after I have built the wing
and get it covered and doped with Polyspan Lite. Tomorrow I will proceed to
cover and dope the stab and the two elevator halves. Once this is done, I
can reassemble the Sailplane and finally do a weight and balance and locate
the longitudinal position of the pylon frame on the fuselage
PS: I received this great tip for cutting silk
from Gene Wallock today:
The next time you cut out silk (or
paper) material, put several layers of newspaper between the material and
the table. Sometimes the razor blade follows the grain of the table or
chips the cutting point.
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